Throw an Irish-Themed Party for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s almost that time of the year to wear green! Here at Hickory Farms, we’d like to help you get in the mood with a few entertaining tips, so you can throw your own Irish-themed party.

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Green, of course, is the color of the day, so decorate with emerald shamrocks and leprechauns with their pots of gold. You can make an Irish door hanging with inexpensive supplies from your local craft store, or learn how to fold a green napkin into a cute shamrock shape.

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Cook up some Irish-inspired treats like a Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup that can be made with the cheddar from our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out a piece of bread to smear with pesto and float atop the soup. You can also fix some beer-glazed sausage and apples using our award-winning beef summer sausage and apples from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket.

 

You can’t go wrong with serving a traditional Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes. Use Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard from your well-stocked pantry to give it a burst of flavor.

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Break out the green beer (just add a couple drops of green food coloring to the cups before pouring) and Irish whiskey. While darker beers like Guinness won’t react as well with the coloring, they’re authentically Irish enough to stand-alone. For an authentic experience, serve up some Irish car bombs, a potent mix of Jameson Irish whiskey and Irish cream liqueur dropped into a pint of Guinness. Slainte!

Whatever holidays you and your family celebrate throughout the year, Hickory Farms has all the essentials to make your gatherings memorable. Order online, or find a store near you.

Southern Delights – Hearty Mardi Gras Recipes

Laissez le bon temps roulez! It’s that time again! Mardi Gras is on March 4, which means Carnival season is at a fever pitch. Let Hickory Farms help you to host your own Mardi Gras party with the following suggestions.

Decorations

Purple, green and gold are the colors of carnival season, and each one has a special meaning. Let your decorations reflect justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold). Making your own Mardi Gras masks is a lot of fun, or you can simply pick some up at a party supply store. No Mardi Gras party is complete without beads, so make sure you have plenty on hand for guests to adorn themselves. Long, lustrous pearls are especially coveted.

Menu

Stick to New Orleans tried and true recipes, like a simmering pot of Red Beans and Rice (don’t forget to make your roux). Cut slices of beef and turkey summer sausage from Hickory Farms Beef & Turkey Hearty Hickory Gift Box into the pot to make it especially savory.

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Another Mardi Gras favorite is jambalaya. As andouille sausage can be hard to find outside of south Louisiana, simply substitute Hickory Farms turkey or beef summer sausage to make it hearty and delicious.

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The only dessert you’ll need is a King Cake, a delicious, brioche-style pastry topped with Mardi Gras-colored sugar. Don’t forget to stash a tiny plastic baby inside, as according to tradition, the person who gets the baby must host the next carnival party.

Libations

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The quintessential New Orleansdrink is the Sazerac, which is said to be the Big Easy’s first cocktail. Another distinctly New Orleans cocktail is the Hurricane, made famous by Pat O’Brien’s bar in the French Quarter. Serve this tasty treat in a signature hurricane lamp-style glass for authenticity.

Music

No party is complete without music, so make sure you add some Mardi Gras songs to your playlist from some of the city’s finest musicians, past and present. The Meters, Professor Longhair and Dr. John are just some of our favorites!

Hickory Farms is proud to be a part of your Mardi Gras celebration wherever you may be. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order today.

Hosting Tips for an Entertaining Oscar Night Party

Every year, the Oscars bring a night of true Hollywood glitz and glamor to our televisions. Rather than letting the stars have all of the fun this year, why don’t you use the Oscars as a great opportunity to host your own fabulous gala? Plan a red carpet event your friends won’t forget with the help of Hickory Farms and these simple entertaining tips.

 

Planning the food and drinks

As with any good party, food and drinks are key components of a successful Oscars gathering. Break out your finest China and champagne flutes and prepare a buffet featuring refined treats, such as a platter of Hickory Farms Smoked and Farmhouse Cheddars, accompanied by Golden Toasted Crackers from our Red Ribbon Treat.

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Next, add a couple refined hors d’oeuvres. Try stuffing green olives with our Hickory Farms Reserve Smoked blue cheese before drizzling the olives with fresh rosemary and olive oil, or take meatballs to the next level by adding a crust made of Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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For a fun cocktail theme, stick with red drinks, such as cherry sangria, to match the red carpet. Starting with the Hahn Pinot Noir from our basket, simply add orange juice, sweet cherries, cherry syrup and orange liqueur.

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Preparing your home

To give your party real Hollywood drama, you have to set the scene. Make your home feel like a true A-list gathering with elegant accents, such as large bouquets of flowers, stunning hanging lights, and plenty of candlelight. For the total Oscar experience, find a long red rug or piece of fabric to make your very own red carpet.

Another important part of staging your party is determining the dress code. For an extra special event, ask your friends to come in their finest formal clothing. When they arrive, make your guests feel like the stars that they are by taking their pictures and conducting mock interviews on the red carpet.

By combining these simple decorating ideas and entertaining tips with the delicious cheeses and wine found in our Red Ribbon Treat, you can create an Oscar-worthy experience that’s sure to become an annual tradition.